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The Hasidic Ethos as an Alternative Social Paradigm

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The Hasidic Ethos as an Alternative Social Paradigm

A fresh reading of the “Holy Epistle” of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov—a founding document of sorts that has been much discussed both in internal Chassidic discourse and in academic studies of Hasidism—yields six elementary principles of what Wexler calls "the Hasidic ethos" as an alternative paradigm that can be fruitfully contrasted with Max Weber's analysis of "the spirit of capitalism."
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